NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins is out for the 2023 season due to an Achilles injury, but he remains committed to community service.
Recently seen helping at a Thanksgiving event hosted by the St. Paul Salvation Army, Cousins, in a walking boot and using crutches, engaged with fans, signed autographs, and emphasized the joy of giving.
He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to interact with fans and be reminded of the impact NFL players have on the community. (Trending: Jury Reaches Verdict In Paul Pelosi Hammer Case)
Kirk Cousins, in a walking boot a couple weeks after his Achilles surgery, is serving Thanksgiving meals with Vikings teammates at the Salvation Army in St. Paul tonight. pic.twitter.com/hhvCgr7Jlk
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“We’d committed to it before the injury [on Oct. 29], and I realized we can still get there,” promised Cousins.
“It’s fun to bring my son Cooper,” added the NFL star.
“We’ve learned that it is truly more happy-making to give than to receive. We came last year, and it was a great event. It was fun to be here with teammates and spouses. It’s a little change of scenery, change of pace,” shared Cousins.
“During the season, we go from our house to work and back home, to the hotel and the stadium, and go home,” explained Cousins.
Adding, “We’re so insulated that you don’t really get to interact with fans all that often in a conversational way.”
“I think it’s a real positive for us as players to be reminded of how much this team means to the community,” remarked Cousins.
“Not that you ever forget, but it’s good just to get that reminder again, of the difference we can make with the platform of being a pro football player in Minnesota, continued the former Michigan player.
Cousins’ teammate Andrew DePaola joined his quarterback for an event at The Salvation Army.
“When you are injured, it’s difficult,” DePaolo said about Cousins.
“You’re not an outcast, but it’s kind of like: ‘Well, what do we talk about?’ But that’s the cool thing with Kirk: You can talk about anything with him,” celebrated the long snapper.
“He’s a huge part of the culture of our team,” DePaola added.
Despite his injury, Cousins continues to be an influential presence in the Minnesota Vikings team and a positive figure in the NFL.
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